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calk

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v calk injure with a calk
    • v calk seal with caulking "caulk the window"
    • v calk provide with calks "calk horse shoes"
    • n calk a metal cleat on the bottom front of a horseshoe to prevent slipping
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Calk A sharp-pointed piece of iron or steel projecting downward on the shoe of a horse or an ox, to prevent the animal from slipping; -- called also calker calkin.
    • Calk An instrument with sharp points, worn on the sole of a shoe or boot, to prevent slipping.
    • Calk same as caulk{2 n..
    • Calk same as caulk{2 v. t..
    • v. t Calk kălk To copy, as a drawing, by rubbing the back of it with red or black chalk, and then passing a blunt style or needle over the lines, so as to leave a tracing on the paper or other thing against which it is laid or held.
    • Calk To drive tarred oakum into the seams between the planks of (a ship, boat, etc.), to prevent leaking. The calking is completed by smearing the seams with melted pitch.
    • Calk To furnish with calks, to prevent slipping on ice; as, to calk the shoes of a horse or an ox.
    • Calk To make an indentation in the edge of a metal plate, as along a seam in a steam boiler or an iron ship, to force the edge of the upper plate hard against the lower and so fill the crevice.
    • Calk To wound with a calk; as when a horse injures a leg or a foot with a calk on one of the other feet.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • calk To drive oakum into the seams of (a ship or other vessel). See calking, 1.
    • calk To cover with chalk, as the back of a design, for the purpose of transferring a copy of it.
    • calk To copy, as a drawing, a map, etc., by tracing. See calking.
    • n calk A spur projecting downward from a horseshoe, serving to prevent slipping.
    • n calk A piece of iron with sharp points worn on the sole or heel of the shoe or boot to prevent slipping on the ice or to make it wear longer: also worn by lumbermen in the woods, and especially on the drive.
    • calk To fit with calks, as horseshoes.
    • calk To injure or hurt with a calk, as when a horse wounds one of his feet with the calk on another foot.
    • calk To calculate.
    • n calk A calking; in a slang use, a surreptitious nap; a snooze.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Calk kawk a pointed piece of iron on a horse-shoe to prevent slipping—also Calk′in and Calk′er
    • v.t Calk to provide a shoe with a calk
    • v.t Calk kawk to chalk, as the back of a drawing, &c., in order to transfer it, to copy by tracing
    • v.t Calk to press oakum and untwisted rope into the seams of a ship to render it watertight
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Either corrupted fr. F. calfater,cf. Pg. calafetar, Sp. calafetear,), fr. Ar. qalafa, to fill up crevices with the fibers of palm tree or moss; or fr. OE. cauken, to tred, through the French fr. L. calcare, fr. calx, heel. Cf. Calk to copy, Inculcate,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. cauquer, to press—L. caclāre, to tread—calx, heel.

Usage

In literature:

They furnish alpenstocks, ropes, and calks for the shoes of climbers at a reasonable charge.
"The Mountain that was 'God'" by John H. Williams
The calk of the iron shoe was left sticking in the barn door.
"Old Rail Fence Corners" by Various
For the hind feet a long-heeled shoe with calks seems to do best.
"Special Report on Diseases of the Horse" by United States Department of Agriculture
A mellow clack of calking hammers rang across the water.
"The Best Short Stories of 1919" by Various
And they tell me you have knocked down drunken men, and stamped on their faces with your steel-calked boots.
"The Promise" by James B. Hendryx
The buildings were calked on the outside and hung with furs within.
"A Little Girl in Old Quebec" by Amanda Millie Douglas
Much damaged by tempest, she required calking.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
The calks in these climbing-irons were about an inch and a quarter long; we wished they had been two inches.
"The Ascent of Denali (Mount McKinley)" by Hudson Stuck
His fingers found what he wanted, an opening between two planks, where a leak had been freshly calked with oakum.
"Jim Spurling, Fisherman" by Albert Walter Tolman
All joints of the pipe must be gas-tight, lead-calked joints, as stated before.
"The Home Medical Library, Volume V (of VI)" by Various
If the logs fit close together on the roof they may be calked with moss and dry grass.
"Shelters, Shacks and Shanties" by D.C. Beard
But as for me, I'm like an old horse-shoe with its calks worn off.
"The Prairie Child" by Arthur Stringer
I spent some time calking up cracks around the windows, where the snow blew in.
"Track's End" by Hayden Carruth
Jus' t' keep 'em busy calking, ecod!
"Billy Topsail & Company" by Norman Duncan
The day was devoted to calking the launch, repairing it, and the next day, July 24th, they put out to sea again.
"The Voyages and Adventures of Captain Hatteras" by Jules Verne
Before the influx the Cyclone Fence Company and the Calk Mill Company were said to have sworn never to employ negro labor.
"Negro Migration during the War" by Emmett J. Scott
Old chisels and broken knives were hunted up, and a boat repairing and calking campaign began.
"Ox-Team Days on the Oregon Trail" by Ezra Meeker
If the cracks between cover and jar still remain, calk them with asbestos packing, tow, or ordinary wrapping string.
"The Automobile Storage Battery" by O. A. Witte
Old Christian sprung the calks on the horn of the anvil, and returned the shoe.
"Dwellers in the Hills" by Melville Davisson Post
Why, Joe, I'd as soon put to sea in a market basket calked with butter.
"The Seiners" by James B. (James Brendan) Connolly
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In news:

He was born on April 14, 1938, in Tioga, Texas, the son of William Claude and Ruby (Moses) Calk .
In addition to the demonstrations, students learned about respect and confidence, which is one of the cornerstones of helping prevent bullying, said David Calk, principal.
ROBERT EUGENE CALK. Wednesday, October 31, 2012.
He was born on April 14, 1938, in Tioga, Texas, the son of William Claude and Ruby (Moses) Calk. On Oct 31, 1959, in Arlington, Texas, he was united to Angeletta Reed, who survives.
The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that the 20-foot-tall, 40-foot-long statue is currently in the backyard of its creator, artist Olin Calk.
LAS CRUCES --Olin Calk's giant roadrunner is in great shape after a $26,500 city-funded removal and reconstruction and is looking for a perch.
The 20-foot-tall, 40-foot-long roadrunner was completed in 1993 as part of a recycling education program designed by Calk and Dan Smith.
LAS CRUCES --Olin Calk's giant roadrunner is in great shape after a $26,500 city-funded removal and reconstruction and is looking for a perch.
When Whitney Calk sought a personalized license plate from a Tennessee state agency to tout her vegetarian ideals, she was annoyed when she was told no.
The 20-foot-tall landmark roadrunner, created out of recycled goods by local artist Olin Calk, needs a new place to call home after recently undergoing a $26,500 facelift.
LAS CRUCES --Olin Calk's giant roadrunner is in great shape after a $26,500 city-funded removal and reconstruction and is looking for a perch .
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